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Gunmen invade Army barracks in Kurudu, kidnap popular businesswoman

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Gunmen on Thursday night invaded Hilltop Phase 2 Extension of the Nigerian Army Post-Housing Estate and kidnapped a popular businesswoman.

Newsmen  learnt that the heavily armed men invaded the area around 9 pm, shooting sporadically to scare residents.

It was gathered that despite the presence of soldiers in the estate, the kidnappers went away with the woman through the hillside.

A source told our reporters that the kidnappers had targeted the victim’s husband but missed him.

The source said, “Yesterday at about 9 pm, some kidnappers entered this estate and kidnapped a woman at the Hilltop Extension.

“The target was the husband but they couldn’t get him as he was not around, but as the woman was driving into her compound, they got her.

“As her son started shouting, they too started shooting.

“They went away with her through the hillside.

“Soldiers have been deployed to trace them; hopefully they will be apprehended. The CCTV in the house captured them.”

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Five suspects remanded for armed robbery in Ibadan

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Five men were remanded in a detention facility by the Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Tuesday over allegations of armed robbery.

The suspects identified as Abiodun Solomon (24), Abdulahi Alejolowo (26), Emmanuel Ayobami (31), Kazeem Saka (37), and Taofeek Lawal (35), with undisclosed addresses, are accused of conspiracy and armed robbery.

According to the prosecutor, Insp Olalekan Adegbite, the defendants allegedly committed the offense around 2 a.m. on January 8 in the Olode neighborhood of Ibadan. Adegbite stated that the defendants assaulted individuals in the neighborhood using weapons and proceeded to rob them of their cell phones, jewelry, electrical gadgets, cash, and other valuables.

The prosecutor said that these actions contravened Sections 6(B) and 1(2) of Nigeria’s Robbery and Firearms Laws of 2004.

However, Magistrate Oluwabusayo Osho declined to accept the defendants’ plea due to jurisdictional limitations and instructed that the case file be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal guidance. The matter was adjourned until April 29 for mention.

This incident follows a similar case reported  last Friday, where the Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court remanded three men – Jiya Adams (44), Joseph Abidoye (39), and Femi Adetunji (40) – on allegations of kidnapping. The accused individuals, also without disclosed addresses, faced charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, and abduction.

Magistrate Olaolu Olanipekun adjoined the case till May 13 for further hearing after directing the prosecution to duplicate the case file and send it to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The prosecution counsel, ASP Anthony Igori, alleged that the defendants, along with others, attacked an expatriate and proprietor of Saco Nigeria Ltd., Mr. Mohammed Il-Saheed, stole his Samsung cell phone valued at N800,000, and abducted him, collecting a N35 million ransom before releasing him after six days in captivity.

These incidents underscore the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to address criminal activities in Ibadan and uphold the rule of law.

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Three internet fraudsters convicted, jailed in Ilorin

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Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, Monday, April 15, convicted and sentenced three individuals involved in internet fraud, following their arrest and arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The three convicts, Qudus Temitope Ismail, Kolade Adetola Toheeb, and Abdulmalik Timileyin Khalid pleaded guilty to charges related to online scams.

Toheeb, accused of impersonation, deceived a victim by posing as a football match forecaster named Throndsen Waylen. Using a fake Telegram account and the phone number +23481260084504, he tricked Jake Cooper into sending $200 via PayPal in July 2023. Consequently, Toheeb violated Section 321 of the Penal Code, leading to his conviction under Section 324.

After pleading guilty, the EFCC’s counsel, Mustapha Kaigama, presented the case facts and the defendants’ statements, along with recovered items from their possession at the time of arrest.

Justice Abdulgafar sentenced each defendant to six months’ suspended imprisonment and ordered the forfeiture of phones, laptops, €100, and $200USD recovered from Toheeb to the Federal Government.

The trio’s arrest and subsequent conviction underscore the EFCC’s commitment to combating cybercrime and upholding justice in Nigeria. With this verdict, the court sends a clear message on the consequences of engaging in fraudulent activities online.

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Lagos: Dispatch riders face charges for theft of valuable items

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Dispatch riders in Lagos have recently found themselves embroiled in criminal cases over alleged thefts of valuable items entrusted to them for delivery.

29-year-old Chigaemezu Kingsley, a dispatch rider residing at No. 8, Muyiwa Close, Off Ajayi Road, Ikeja Lagos, was brought before the Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for the said offence.

He faces charges of acquiring by false pretense and theft; he is accused of stealing gold jewelry worth N2.7 million. The alleged theft occurred on April 2 in Aguda, Lagos Magisterial District, where Chigaemezu purportedly absconded with a parcel containing the jewelry intended for delivery to a client in Sangotedo Ajah.

In a separate incident, Matthew Odah, a 27-year-old dispatch rider known as Mr. Lemon, was apprehended by the Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS) after eight months on the run. Odah stands accused of selling three iPhones worth N1.7 million entrusted to him for delivery.

The iPhones, including an iPhone 14 ProMax (128 GB) and two iPhone 11 models (128 and 68 GB), were meant for delivery to a client in Lekki on August 23, 2023.

Odah’s arrest took place at Alpha Beach, Lagos, where one of the iPhones was recovered. During interrogation, Odah admitted to selling the iPhones in Obalende for N300,000.

These cases underscore the importance of stringent measures to vet and monitor delivery personnel to prevent theft and ensure the safe delivery of valuable items in Lagos.

The legal proceedings highlight the need for accountability and adherence to ethical conduct among individuals entrusted with the responsibility of delivering goods to customers.

As the cases progress through the judicial system, they serve as a reminder of the challenges faced in maintaining the integrity of delivery services amidst concerns of theft and misappropriation of entrusted items.

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